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here about corruption and afghanistan, questions whether hamid karzai is a reliable partner and from afghanistan they've been concerned about the civilian casualties after u.s. operations so that sort of sets the scene for this relationship, but at the top of the list, what everyone is focused on is the timetable for u.s. troop withdrawals from afghanistan, as you know, that drawdown supposed to take place in 2014, and there's been some talk here in washington floated about that that number could go down to zero, which concerns some, even over at the pentagon defense secretary panetta saying that that would be a bad idea, but what most likely will be is a few thousand troops on the ground and certainly this is driven by pressure on the president to whether it's political on financial pressure to aggressively draw down troops underground in afghanistan. no doubt that will be part of the discussion today and also as our pentagon folks have been reporting president karzai will be coming to these meetings with a wish list. he needs helicopters. he wants border security surveillance equip
, hamid karzai having lunch with president obama this hour. the two leaders hold a news conference in the next hour. president karzai's visit will help determine how many u.s. troops will remain in afghanistan after the drawdown in 2014. chris lawrence joins us. the white house floated the idea of a zero option, if you like, leaving no troops behind in afghanistan. what's the pentagon think of that and a lot of these people say that really complaint hean'. >> i would say at this point everything is probably still on the table, but you're right, that number zero definitely raise some had eyebrows inside the pentagon. in fact during a press conference yesterday, leon panetta said the stronger position that we take about staying committed and staying in afghanistan, you know, that's how we're going to ultimately get a political reconciliation. in other words, he felt that signaling that the u.s. may pull out all of its troops would weaken the negotiating position about those negotiations with the taliban ever got started again. now, the taliban, that's been one of their demands. all u
as hamid karzai continues his visit to washington. he has already met with leon panetta to talk specifically about the u.s. forces that would be necessary after the official end of the war of the end of 2014. the question will be what kind of responsibility will the troops have and what kind of legal protection will they have to carry out their mission. one thing the u.s. is keen to improve as the afghan security forces are capable of providing for national security across the country, but there are some critics who suggest this may be optimistic talk, given one out of the 23 decisions, just one is capable of carrying out of this sort of security without support and guidance from the u.s. or allied forces. the other 22 still need a lot of training. they still have problems with troops going a wall, aw -- going awol, and they still have problems with the taliban. the u.s. does believe there has been considerable problem with the influence of the taliban on afghan cause political culture. >> in venezuela, military jets give the salute to president hugo chavez. he was supposed to b
of tomorrow's meeting here in d.c.? >> reporter: i think both sides, both president hamid karzai and president obama will want to walk away from this week's meeting with a clearer picture of how many troops will remain in afghanistan post 2014. there are roughly 66,000 troops based here in afghanistan. both sides will want a clearer picture of what that looks like beyond the pullout. some numbers are reported being considered by the obama administration are 3,000, 6,000 and 9,000. those are considerably smaller levels than the numbers that were proposed by general john allen who is the head commander here in afghanistan for the u.s. forces. he suggested that the troop level should be 6,000 to 20,000. the thinking is if there is a smaller contingent they will assume more of a nimble and more specialops type of deal. if there is a larger contention then they will assume more conventional roles. now, a lot of this may hinge on this notion of immunity. president karzai will have to decide if he will grant immunity for whatever troops remain here. that would give legal protection for troops based h
president hamid karzai talking about america's future role in the war in afghanistan. the state department says several topics on the agenda but top of the agenda, whether any u.s. forces will stay behind after the drawdown date that has been established for 2014. >> a full range of issues are going to be discussed. the economic transitions, regional integrations, support for the afghan reconciliation efforts, those will all be central themes. bill: u.s. commanders in afghanistan proposing keeping 6 to 15,000 u.s. troops after 2014 but officials say the president will be opening to pulling all of them out? a news conference scheduled for later this afternoon. we'll have live coverage here on the channel on that. some suggestions you get into negotiations say we'll all leave unless you get your act together. we'll see how that goes at white house. joint press conference. >> so a jam-packed show for you on this friday morning. first a kidnapped 5-year-old is found 19 years later. so where has this little boy been for all these years? the clue that led the police to him, an unbelievable story
with afghan president hamid karzai. the leaders will discuss the u.s.'s role in afghanistan will be. karzai had dinner with secretary of state hillary clinton last night. today the d.c. council will announce whether president obama will have d.c. license plates on his limo during the inauguration. the council passed a resolution earlier this week declaring the president should display the plates that read taxation without representation. they were then called to the white house to discuss that resolution. president clinton used the tags during his second term in office. >>> the pentagon is preparing for billions of dollars in cuts. defense secretary leon panetta is asking his department to brace for the cuts. the defense department will start freezing civilian hiring. it also plans to delay awarding some contracts and holding off on some maintenance. the pentagon is facing nearly a half trillion dollars in cuts over a decade. >>> 6:46 right now. today for the first time, the fallout from that fiscal cliff deal will start to show up in your paychecks. cnbc's courtney reagan live with that st
with the afghan president hamid karzai. and among itself, right. decide internally. not only how many americans might be in afghanistan on some indefinite timetable after the end of the war at the end of next year, but importantly, how many americans are going to be there fighting between now and then. in other words, how big is this war going to continue to be? after osama bin laden was killed last may, chuck hagel, who might very well be the next secretary of defense, chuck hagel told his hometown newspaper in nebraska that he thought the killing of bin laden meant that it was time to head for the exits in afghanistan. chuck hagel said also four months after that in the fall of 2011, he said that the defense department is, quote, bloated. he said the pentagon needs to be pared down. senator hagel also endorsed a report by the group global zero that called for cutting the u.s. weapons arsenal by 80%. the overall goal of global zero, as its name implies, global zero, is global zero nuclear weapons. but this 80% cut in our arsenal is a way to get there is something that chuck hagel has supported
, a possibility, something they're looking at but clearly they're signaling to afghan president hamid karzai that the days of tens of thousands of u.s. troops in afghanistan, we have 66,000 there now, are coming to an end. >> the u.s. does not have, again, an inherent objective of x number of troops in afghanistan. we have an objective of making sure there is no safe haven for al qaeda within afghanistan and making sure that the afghan government has a security force that is sufficient again to insure the stability of the afghan government and the denial of that safe haven. >> reporter: sources tell fox that the white house is looking at troop levels below 10,000 by the end of 2014. just a year ago there was talk it would be more in the 10,000 to 30,000 troop range but that apparently has changed significantly. presidents obama and karzai will meet on friday to discuss this and other issues including the thorny issue for legal immunity for any u.s. troops that do remain behind. karzai is resisting that idea. president obama is pushing for it. martha? martha: raises so many questions, molly a
. >>> tomorrow president hamid karzai of afghanistan will meet with president obama of the white house. when to keep u.s. troops in afghanistan when their mission comes to an end, and if so, how many. it's an issue senator lindsey graham says is key to america's success in the region. >> the possible solutions have a small footprint left behind in afghanistan where they become sitting ducks and it will lead to failure. we've fought too hard, too long to not get things right. his decision about a 2014 force will affect national security for decades. i'd like to support the president if it's a robust number. tha thanh, good evening your time. karzai has a key role in the status of the troops in the region. what is that exactly? >> reporter: alex, a lot of what's going to happen here in afghanistan post-2014 may hinge on this notion of immunity and president karzai and what he decides to do with that. that immunity would basically give legal protection for whatever force is left behind here in afghanistan, and it would give legal protection for those troops in the event they break local law. it
leon panetta and general dempsey at 3:00 p.m. eastern. hamid karzai it will be at the white house tomorrow, and we will also hear from him at georgetown tomorrow afternoon, live at 5:30 eastern. coming up tonight, a look at college debt, student loans, and whether college debt might be the next bauble that could impact the economy. we will be joined by marian wang and josh mitchell. while we wait for the news conference to get under way, at 3:00 p.m. eastern, a conversation from this morning's carroll."on reserv host: we continue our focus on immigration, looking at the enforcement of laws. mark krikorian is the executive director of the center for immigration studies. welcome to you. and ali noorani is the director of the national immigration forum. let's talk about how many illegal and legal immigrants are in the country today. guest: altogether roughly 40 million immigrants. that includes naturalized citizens, people with green cards, people who were illegal immigrants, and long-term temporary and reverence, too. out of those 40 million, there are 12 million illegal immigrants.
visit with the afghan president hamid karzai. what do they hope to accomplish? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. they will have a bilateral meeting. you can already see the flag of afghanistan flying over the blair house. that is where he will be staying while here in washington. we're told by white house aides that they will be talking about security, political and the economic transition. that, of course, is very key as the u.s. looks to 2014 to withdrawing from afghanistan. they will be talking about what the u.s. footprint will look like in afghanistan after 2014. they will have their bilateral meeting and also a working lunch and then a joint press conference, wolf. >> we'll be watching that. thanks very much, dan lothian. >>> all right. this just coming in to "the situation room." new photos of a retired fbi agent who's been missing since 2007. robert levin son's family released the photos. he vanished while working as a private investigator while working in iran. there is a mirror and chains in view. the other shows him holding up a sign with a grammatical error in it suggesting th
, clinton's schedule lists several white house meetings midweek and talks with afghan president hamid karzai thursday and friday. aides say she's also meeting with staff behind the scenes. but when it compaes to her futu, says her friend and come democratic political analyst hillary rosen, clinton is not rushing any decisions. >> everybody for the next two years is going to talk to her about whether or not she's going to run for president. i think she's expecting that. i think she's grown, you know, quite a thick skin and kind of laughing it off and not feeling pressure to follow anybody else's timetable. >> reporter: but even if hillary clinton isn't planning to run in 2016, she can't afford to look weak or incapacitated right now. her aides indicate she's going to try to use every available minute in these last few weeks and make them count. wolf. >> let's hope for the best for her. we wish her only the best. glad to see her out and about. i thought she looks terrific today when she left her house. she seemed pretty excited about all those little gifts and all the welcoming back statements
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